- 16 Aug 21
Revisit the Derry-based indie-folk star's set on the Y&E Series below – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Following the release of her stunning debut EP Hummingbird, indie-folk artist Reevah has been steadily rising through the ranks of Irish music. Tipped as one of the Hot Press ‘Hot For 2020’ Irish Acts, her latest EP, A Different Light, has earned Reevah plenty of praise.
Her acoustic performance for last night's set, live from her Donegal kitchen, was the perfect showcase for her unique and striking vocals. Armed with an aqua-blue Fender Malibu guitar, Reevah opened her set with her 2019 single 'Older Now'. Also on the set list were both of this year's acclaimed singles – ‘daydreamer’ and ‘wildflower’. Recorded with her band at the idyllic Beekeeper's residence in Co. Clare, both singles are reworked versions of older tracks and will feature on Reevah's forthcoming EP, to be released "very soon". She closed her set with a stripped-back rendition of her single 'You Said Tell Me', from last year's EP A Different Light.
You can catch Reevah, with her band, live at the Workman's Club on October 21st. She will also be supporting several artists at the Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts festival in September, as well as playing her own headline gig as their Artist In Residence.
Watch Reevah's performance on the Y&E Series below:
The Hot Press Y&E Series is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Watch the performances live every night on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 7.30pm.
And here are the other phenomenal Irish acts you can look forward to over the days ahead...
Monday, August 16: ALICIA RAYE
Originally hailing from Cameroon and now based in Drogheda, Alicia Raye is ready to transform Irish music with her powerful hybrid of trap-soul and jazz-influenced vocals. Since first arriving onto the scene in 2017, she's garnered an ever-growing fanbase with a string of lauded singles. The singer-songwriter cemented her status as a star-in-the-making with the release of her debut project, Alphabet, last year, executive-produced by Prod. Solo. Earlier this year, she returned with 'Nobody 2.0' – a star-studded collaboration with Smilez, Larry Alabi, Reggie and A92's Dbo, which has already clocked up over 156,000 views on YouTube.
Tuesday, August 17: WALLFELLA
With his smooth, old school-inspired flow, Wallfella is emerging as one of the most captivating voices in Irish hip-hop. Combining chilled-out vibes with thoughtful, socially conscious commentary, the Dublin rapper has been releasing music since 2016 – and draws influence from the likes of Lethal Dialect, Kendrick Lamar and Dave. He released his widely praised third project, Way Too Cosy, last month. The EP, which follows his brilliant collaboration with Odd Numbers on ‘Blue’, was recorded in a garden shed over lockdown – a testament to Wallfella’s fiercely DIY ethos.
Wednesday, August 18: KY
Originally hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and raised in Ireland, KY is fast becoming one of the country's most hotly tipped talents. The video for his breakout single, 'Foreign' – which fused French and English lyrics over an irresistible drill-influenced beat – has already clocked up over 36,000 views. After taking a few months to perfect his craft, the rapper, singer and songwriter returned this year with 'iSPY', which once again finds him bringing his own unique flavour to the Irish scene. Stay tuned for a brand new track from KY – expected very soon...
Thursday, August 19: ALI COMERFORD
After touring the world performing viola in classical ensembles for 14 years, Ali Comerford returned to her native Kilkenny during lockdown last year, to record her acclaimed debut album, Knots – featuring folk-based, classical-influenced original songs, entirely written, sung, played and produced by herself. Ali's journey in music has taken her to New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall – but after spending the last decade of her life playing other people's music, the time has come for her to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. Hot Press described Knots as "a beautifully orchestrated debut."